BEEB MAN GROPED PARAMEDICS BUM Sex attack caused by allergic reaction to oysters, court told
A BBC producer accused of groping a paramedic’s bottom claims he must have been suffering from a bad reaction to oysters, a court heard.
An ambulance was called for James Whitmarsh, 41, when he began answering questions with the word ‘honk’ after a seafood starter in London’s West End.
As he was being treated in the back of the vehicle, he grabbed the woman medic’s bottom and groped her between her legs.
Whitmarsh denies sexually assaulting the medic, claiming he wasn’t responsible for his actions after the Christmas meal.
Prosecutor Victoria Ailes said: “Put very shortly, what James Whitmarsh is accused of is sexually assaulting a paramedic who was treating him in an ambulance by touching her vagina through her clothing.
“The defence is that this is not something that James Whitmarsh did deliberately at all, his actions were not under his control because he was having a bad reaction or suffering from a toxin as a result of some fish or seafood he ate for dinner.”
Ms Ailes told the jury Whitmarsh had gone out with friends on December 13 and after a drink had gone for a meal at a restaurant near Covent Garden.
The prosecutor said during the meal Whitmarsh’s friends became concerned at the way he was behaving and called an ambulance.
She said: “He was unsteady on his feet. He was swinging his arms around and when he was asked how he was he answered them with wither ‘Yes’, ‘No’, or ‘Honk’.
“In the course of his treatment he reached out towards her lower body. He was warned not to do that but a couple of minutes later he reached out and grabbed her buttocks on top of her uniform.
“He then reached around to touch her vagina.”
Whitmarsh, of Devizes, Wiltshire, denies sexual assault.
He has worked as a new media producer since 1994 and is currently working for BBC Radio in London.
BBC producer Whitmarsh